August 2010 Convention
Anaheim, CA

Rose City Flute Choir Lobby Concert

Rose City Flute Choir

Rose City Flute Choir’s Lobby Concert program (conducted by me) included an abbreviated arrangement of The Planets by Gustav Holst and an original piece by me in four movements called Temple of Heaven.This piece is descriptive of the four temples at the center of Beijing, China: Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Moon, Temple of the Earth, and Temple of Heaven. These works were followed by the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Brian Balmages called "Celestial Bodies." Balmages is renowned for his compositions, particularly for band, and this is his first work for flute choir. The piece includes flowing melodies and a smattering of special effects including humming, key clicks, wind noise, and a couple of jet whistles. The encore piece was a world premiere of "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" from Four Spirituals for Flute Choir, which I arranged.

—Phyllis Avidan Louke

photo by Cathi Marro